I have seen people renew a book 14 times in a row, (3 and a half months) There is no defensible explanation for this!!!
-- Rui, goldWave@xxxxxxx BookshareScans http://members.cox.net/booksharescans
Whether the official time is 1 week or 2 isn't the problem. Frankly, unless a book were a real treasure, an important or significant work, or a rare book -- spending 1 week, say nothing of 2, would imply that everyone would be better off with a rescan. Part of the problem in extending a 1 week to a 2 week holding time is that there are people who download, and then never release a book they have chosen not to validate for whatever reason. There is nothing wrong with someone grabbing something andthe then deciding not to validate. But they ought to have the courtesy of getting the book back in circulation.
There is a reason that validating earns 20% of the credit of a submission. And as I have said above, if you have to do that much work to the book, it may well be something best turned down. And if you have no time at the oment to validate, then one might best take a vacation from validating. The goal is to get books into the hands of users as quickly as possible; extending validating times defeats that goal and encourages slow validating.